Oman has attracted specialist osteoporosis events in both 2017 and 2021, a sign of the Sultanate’s growing stature in both the medical and business events sectors.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Regionals Middle East and Africa Osteoporosis Meeting is a key event in the calendar for the bone, muscle and joint community. Both the Fourth IOF Regionals Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting in 2017 and the Sixth IOF Regionals MEA event in 2021 will be held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), Muscat.

Judy Stenmark, CEO of the IOF, said: “It is the leading educational and research forum for osteoporosis and related diseases in the region and we are committed to delivering the highest quality scientific content, as well as optimising the overall delegate experience. What is more, it is backed by an expert and experienced team of professionals who understand the specific needs of congresses such as ours. Oman itself was a factor in our decision – it is a central and well-connected location for our delegates, has a growing reputation as a medical hub and, of course, it is a wonderful country to visit. The venue plays a central role in the success of the meeting and the OCEC provides exceptional facilities.”

Oman’s new government health policy, ‘Health Vision 2050’, underlines the importance of the healthcare sector in the Sultanate’s growth, as well as encouraging a greater level of private sector funding. Major new medical infrastructure developments include the Sultan Qaboos Medical City, a complex of five major hospitals supported by a dedicated imaging centre and laboratory facilities to provide top-level research and clinical care services. A further three hospitals are also planned for construction in Muscat.

Future growth in Oman’s medical knowledge base have been accelerated through the formation of the Oman Medical Speciality Board, which sets quality standards for medical education and training. Meanwhile, the Oman Medical Association has 20 sub-speciality societies active in global industry. The medical sector aims to encourage international conferences, both for the educational benefits of medical personnel at every level in Oman, and to help recruit more medical experts to live and work or teach in the Sultanate.

The new OCEC has already booked 22 international, regional and national exhibitions and conventions. In the next seven years it expects to host almost 450 events and welcome thousands of visitors a year.

The IOF Regionals Middle East & Africa Osteoporosis Meeting is dedicated to motivating people to take action to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, and is expected to attract 1,000 international experts in a bid to increase awareness and understanding of osteoporosis.

A study in the Open Journal of Nursing published in 2012 found Omani women have an increased predisposition to develop osteoporosis as a result of less exposure to Vitamin D from the sun through the skin due to cultural dress, as well as calcium deficiency and sedentary lifestyle. Primary care interventions include identifying women at increased risk before the symptoms develop, as well as assessing women with suspected fragility fractures or risk for falls.


Featured image from the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre